News, stories and statements on cooperatives

  1. ILO COOP 100 Interview

    Interview with Sifa Chiyoge, International Cooperative Alliance Africa Regional Director

    02 April 2020

    ILO COOP 100 Interview series features past and present ILO colleagues and key partners who have closely engaged with the ILO's work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). The interviews reflect on their experience and contributions in the past and shares their thoughts on the future of cooperatives and the SSE in a changing world of work. For this issue, we interviewed Sifa Chiyoge, the Director of International Cooperative Alliance Africa region. She reflected on her years of work on cooperatives, including with governments, higher education institutions, NGOs as well as with the cooperative movement in the region. She shared with us her thoughts on the historical trajectory of cooperatives in Africa, priorities, challenges and prospects in the face of the crises and changes taking place in the world of work.

  2. News

    Cooperatives and SSE enterprises respond to COVID-19 disruptions, while governments are also starting to integrate them in their measures

    31 March 2020

    Cooperatives and other SSE enterprises around the world are being affected by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in various ways to protect workers, members, users and wider communities. While some governments have begun to integrate cooperatives, their members, workers and the wider SSE in their emergency response strategies, there is still room for growth.

  3. News

    ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 3, March 2020

    31 March 2020

  4. News

    COVID-19 Response: SEWA Cooperative Federation on health, livelihood and social protection strategies for immediate and long-term relief among informal women workers

    29 March 2020

  5. News

    The COVID-19 outbreak update from Legacoop, Italy

    27 March 2020

    This update provide insights on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Italian cooperative enterprises, and measures being taken by them to support workers, members/customers, and people in their communities affected by the crisis.

  6. News

    ILO COOP Centenary Launch is celebrated virtually in the midst of the coronavirus

    25 March 2020

    The webinar brought together five speakers and over 100 participants from 50 countries to reflect on the historical role of the ILO on cooperative development and explore future role of cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy enterprises in responding to the current challenges in the world of work.

  7. News

    Mapping responses by cooperatives and social and solidarity economy organizations to forced displacement

    21 March 2020

    Produced as part of a wider programme on responding to forced displacement crises, the report identifies good practices, lessons learned and potential areas of innovation by cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy organizations working in displacement contexts.

  8. News

    A new ILO training programme on activating agricultural cooperatives in the elimination of child labour piloted in Tanzania

    17 March 2020

    The new training programme was developed to strengthen the capacities of cooperatives as part of ILO’s projects on the elimination of child labour in multiple African countries.

  9. ILO COOP 100 Interview

    Hagen Henrÿ, former ILO COOP Chief and Adjunct Professor of comparative law at the University of Helsinki

    16 March 2020

    Established in March 1920, the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit marks its Centenary in 2020. On this occasion, the ILO COOP 100 Interview series features past and present ILO colleagues and key partners who were closely engaged in the ILO's work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). The interview reflects on their experience and contributions in the past and shares their thoughts on the future of cooperatives and the SSE in a changing world of work.

  10. Rural employment

    ILO Local Employment Partnership creates new jobs for youth in Southern Moldova

    05 March 2020

    The Local Employment Partnership (LEP) implemented by ILO reached out to 600 young NEETs (youth neither in employment, education or training) in the Cahul region. 282 of them already registered as unemployed to benefit from active labour market measures. To date, this partnership created 135 jobs, 20 start-ups and 2 cooperatives—additional small businesses and jobs are in the pipeline in this rural region where the rate of inactive youth is the highest in Moldova (25%).